This morning, the rain was heavy in Lake Placid! Morgan and Charmedino jumped in the pouring rain in the Children's Classic. They didn't win a ribbon, but gained experience. The High Jr/Amateur Classic was moved to the Annex ring. The course was difficult with big fences in the small ring. Caitlyn said the Classic was tough, everything came up quick. She and Bink had 2 rails down and placed 9th. Because of their 1st place Wednesday and ribbons throughout the week, they won the High Jr. Championship!!! A wonderful ending to Lake Placid 1!
At Lake Placid, we've had several glorious cool and sunny days, with breathtaking views of the mountains! Our horses continue to perform well. Diva jumped clear in the 1.40m Thursday and Friday. Placing 8th & 6th. Caitlyn continues to put ribbons on the tack room. In the High Jr Speed today, Bink was 4th and Layla 10th. Hoffy and her True Story, were consistent over the 2 days. They placed 5th, 6th, 4th & 8th. Morgan and Charmedino are getting to know each other better. Yesterday, they had solid rounds in both Equitation and Jumpers.
It is fun to be back at Lake Placid. When the weather is perfect, cool and sunny, with crisp mountain air, it is marvelous! The Grand Prix field grass is absolutely perfect, best ever. Motto jumped well in the 1.35m jump off class. His double clear earned him 9th place. Caitlyn had a great day, winning the High Jr with Bink and ending 9th on Layla! It was a tough enough course for the first day. Not too many jumped Steve Stephen's course clear.
Today was educational and fun. I went to Chicago to watch George Morris teach another Gladstone Series Clinic. Diane Carney invited me again to demonstrate flat work. George taught 2 sessions in the am. He rode a horse in each group. His lessons and honesty are refreshing, always. For the stable management, Jen Alfano is helping the riders. Dr. Deb Bennett gave an interesting talk on horses' anatomy, with a scull and vertebrae.
My demonstration was fun especially because I got to ride an old friend, Creata Van Ten Biessen. They had no idea I knew the mare. She was always very special and was in my stable for several years. She was a pleasure to ride again. I shared what I think are important exercises and concepts for riding, following up on George's lessons.
These riders are very fortunate to be able to attend this kind of educational clinic. It is a wonderful introduction into the Whole Program of becoming a great horseman. It's not just the riding and finding the distance. It's the management of your horse and you. Good luck to all of them!
Our final day at HITS 3 went well. Tony and Morgan each had good rounds in their Classics. The course was tough. They both learned lessons to work on for the future. Caitlyn had another good day in the High Classic. This course was quite difficult as well in height and technical line choices. She had 1 rail down on Layla and placed 12th. Bink jumped a clear initial round. They placed 3rd! A top ribbon over a big track.
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We've had a good couple of days at HITS 3. Thursday, Motto was excellent in the Level 7. We were leading, double clear, one of the last horses beat us by a whisker. Motto took 2nd. Today in the $15,000 Mini Prix, Motto jumped beautifully again over a bigger course. We had a time fault, putting us in 13th! Caitlyn had another fabulous day. She and Layla won the High Jr A/O Speed! Bink had the fastest time, but 1 fence down. They were good enough for 3rd place. Layla and Caitlyn also tied for Champion this week! Morgan and Charmedino had a good first day, in the High Children's Speed. Their clear round earned them the 6th place ribbon.
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